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Karen Abbott has made her mark writing about some of the more fascinating women in American history. Her book, Sin in the Second City, featured the sisters Minna and Ada Everleigh who owned the most famous brothel in America, the Everleigh Club, in the early 1900s.American Rose was about Gypsy Rose Lee.

For her book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Abbott discovers and writes about four women — two who supported the Union and two who supported the Confederates — who took huge risks to help their respective sides during the Civil War. The book is this year’s Centre County Read selection, and Abbott will give a talk March 16 at the HUB-Robeson Center. She took some time to discuss her work and, among other things, what actresses she’d love to see play the main figures in Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Read more...

 

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